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Leandro Barbosa shook off flulike symptoms to score 19 points, Amir Johnson had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat Washington 106-89, handing the Wizards their third straight defeat.
“They outplayed us in every phase of the game,” Wittman said. “It’s disappointing after we’ve been playing at a pretty high level. Tonight wasn’t it.”
Wittman, whose team lost 109-103 at Orlando on Wednesday, was especially upset to see the Wizards outrebounded by a wide margin, 61-37.
“Rebounding is effort,” he said. “We didn’t have that same effort tonight that we’ve had, and it showed.”
JaVale McGee, who missed six of his eight shots and finished with eight points, shared his coach’s frustration.
“We should have come out a little bit harder, we should have played harder D,” he said. “We’ve got another game (Saturday at home against the LA Clippers) so we’ve definitely got to make up for it.”
Linas Kleiza scored all of his 15 points in the second half, and Jose Calderon had a season-high 17 assists as the Raptors bounced back from consecutive blowout losses to Atlanta and Boston and improved to 2-9 without leading scorer Andrea Bargnani, who is out with a strained left calf.
Held scoreless in Wednesday’s 100-64 defeat at Boston, Amir Johnson hadn’t reached double figures since Jan. 16 but bounced back with a strong showing in this one.
Seven of Johnson’s rebounds were at the offensive end. Toronto finished with 23 offensive boards to Washington’s 11.
James Johnson scored 13 points and DeMar DeRozan had 11 as Toronto topped 100 points for just the third time this season, exceeding the 80.2 they’d been averaging without Bargnani. The Raptors scored 104 points Dec. 26 in an opening night win at Cleveland, and had 111 in a double-overtime win at Utah on Jan. 25.
“This was a game we definitely needed,” DeRozan said.
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